The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their first cuts of the spring Monday morning as they reassigned six players, including top pitching prospect Jameson Taillon, to minor league camp, according to Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Shortstop Alen Hanson and left-handed pitcher Joely Rodriguez were optioned to Double-A Altoona, right-handed pitcher Casey Sadler was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis while infielder Matt Hague and catcher Carlos Paulino were reassigned, along with Taillon, to minor league camp.
“It’s never fun, but I gotta go down and get innings and start getting ready for my actual season,” Taillon said. “It was fun to get some innings here. But the reality of it is I need to start getting built up and there’s not enough innings to go around.”
Taillon is battling a small blister now that will push back his next scheduled outing, said Neal Huntington, the Pirates general manager.
In addition, the team will begin to give it's starting pitchers four and five innings of work during the spring games, which will limit the amount of innings prospects such as Taillon would be able to pitch.
“We just had conflicting forces bumping into each other and unfortunately the right move, the more challenging is to get Jameson out, get him stretched out, get him built up so he’s ready to help us at some point this summer,” Huntington said.
Taillon gave up four hits in two and two-thirds innings this spring, with a 3.38 ERA.
There are now 53 players in camp, which includes 16 non-roster players.
Of the 53 players, there are 28 pitchers, five catchers, four first basemen, seven middle infielder/utility players, two third basemen and seven outfielders.
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